Phoenix police have released a short clip of an officer being “ambushed” in Friday’s shooting that left two people dead and nine officers injured.
Police arrived at the home around 2:15 a.m. Friday after a 911 call that a woman had been shot by an intruder and that there were “multiple armed suspects in the home,” police spokesman Sgt. . Andy Williams said in a news release Friday night.
In body-worn camera video released Thursday, a man, later identified as Morris Jones, 36, can be seen calling an officer inside a home near 51st Avenue and Broadway . Jones appeared to tell the officer “She’s choking on her own blood. Come on, man,” referring to the woman on the 911 call.
As the officer moved closer to the door where Jones could see, he opened fire on the officer, the footage showed.
After the shooting, the video shows the officer running from the house and alerting other officers to situation 999 – meaning an officer down or an officer in need of immediate assistance, according to police code.
The video shows that the officer was unable to return fire because of a severe wound to his right arm.
What happened on Friday?
Williams said a second officer at the scene returned fire, sending Jones back inside. When officers staged outside the mansion, Jones fired more shots at them, police said.
Jones also tried to escape by crashing into a patrol car but was unsuccessful, Williams said.
Video taken at the scene shows another man slowly appearing with one hand raised in the air, the other holding a pink bag and holding a baby. The man put the child and the bag on the ground and obeyed the police order to go backwards while keeping his hands up in the air.
Williams said as officers moved forward to rescue the baby, Jones opened fire and shot dead four of them. Four others were injured by shrapnel. They backed away and hid.
A SWAT team arrived on the scene and used the ballistic shield to rescue the baby without injury. Jones fired shots in their direction.
Police entered the home and found Jones dead and the woman critically injured. She was taken to a hospital where she died of her injuries on Friday afternoon. Police later clarified in a February 25 update that the woman was found dead in the home.
Authorities determined Monday that Jones died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, though he was also shot by police, according to department spokesman Sgt. Ann Justus.
Who was in the house?
Police later determined there were four people in the home at the time: two men, a woman and a baby girl.
The woman, who police believe was shot by Jones, has been identified as 29-year-old Shatifah Lobley. Authorities said she was Jones’ ex-girlfriend. Police confirmed the 1-month-old girl was their baby.
Police said the man, believed to be Lobley’s brother, who carried the infant girl out of the home, obeyed police orders to put her on the ground and cooperated with investigators.
Police said the man’s involvement was still unclear as of Sunday morning because of the nature of the investigation. They do not say he is facing any criminal charges and will likely have no further updates on him until February 25.
Williams said the baby was in the custody of the Arizona Department of Child Safety on Friday afternoon.
All of the injured officers survived, have left the hospital and are recovering at home, some have been allowed back into active duty.
Derek Elmore, area commander for Maryvale Estrella Mountain Precinct, said: “It was a miracle – that we had so many people actually hit and they were all discharged… less than a week later. .
Officer Aldo Nunez arrived at the scene after opening fire and attempted to escort Lobley’s brother and the baby when Jones opened fire again. Police could not confirm whether Jones fired with a pistol or a rifle at the scene, but Nunez said the shots sounded very quick.
“This is one of the most stressful situations,” Nunez said.
Williams said the injuries to nine Phoenix police officers were likely the most that occurred in a single incident at the department.
The chief also said communities can help prevent gun violence such as violence from ambushes, and community leaders were caught off guard.